Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Lighten up folks!

Tempest in a pasta pot
An Italian ad for Fiat cars featuring
haka women has some back home stamping their feet, shaking their fists, and growling with furious displeasure. How appropriate! :-) They bleat of 'cultural insensitivity,' oblivious to the fact that haka is purposefully designed to elicit fear, awe or admiration in spectators. By its very nature, haka challenges & disrupts complacency, smugness & lethargy. It should agitate! It should be provocative! It should be 'insensitive'!

The women's dancing itself (imo) is superb: dynamic, turbulent,
passionate - quintessential haka. Would that the All Blacks perform with such gusto & fire!

The fuss all seems so silly, the belly-aching unbecoming. I detest the touchey mindset so ready to take offence. Why? Coz it's debilitating & disempowering. It's limp & weak and reduces us to dour, sulky, fragile paper-dolls who crumple at the merest slight.
We're Maoris, we should be tougher than that. Grow a thicker skin or a sense of humour - and while you're at it, a sense of priorities. Coming last in all the social statistics, a light-hearted commercial on foreign TV should be the least of our worries.

1 comment:

phil said...

ps - And women DO haka. In my tribe (Ngati Porou), in Tuhoe, Ngati Kahungunu & others women have ALWAYS haka-ed alongside men.